Date: 5th February 2001

Ken Russell Says BBC Has Ditched Him

British director Ken Russell (Women in Love, The Music Lovers, Tommy, Lisztomania, Altered States) has accused the BBC, his main employer, of abandoning him, forcing him to make Internet movies at his own expense in his garage.

He told the London Sunday Times, "People probably think I'm dead. They certainly don't come knocking on my door. I'm no longer miffed. I suppose I'm past that." He also accused the BBC of ignoring him even when he requested copies of some documentaries that he had made for the publicly supported network. "I tried writing to the BBC, but nobody even bothers to write back," he said. A spokesman for the BBC denied that it had received any correspondence from Russell, adding, "He'll always be welcome here."

Source: Studio Briefing